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Many Teeth by megabass22 Many Teeth by megabass22
A quick drawing of one of the weirder Maastrichtian mosasaurs.
Pluridens is one of those overlooked and obscure prehistoric creatures that turn out to be quite fascinating when you learn more about them. It was a halisaurine mosasaur (which in on themselves are a weird bunch, look them up) that first appeared during the Late Campanian and represents what you would refer to as a "third-wave" mosasaur genus (megabass22.deviantart.com/jour…). What sets Pluridens apart from other halisaurines and other mosasaurs in general is that it has a long and narrow dentary (likely the same for the upper jaw, but only the dentary is known) with a huge number of teeth, almost twice the amount of most other mosasaur genera. It is thus speculated to have been a rather specialized genus, probably chasing after thin-shelled invertebrates and fish that it could swallow whole. The original authors speculate that it occupied a similar ecological role to some of the earliest ichthyosaurs of the Triassic period due to similarities in the elongation of the jaws and the tooth battery.

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MerkavaDragunov Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018
they should cast this for JW aquarium instead
it has more teeth than the mosasaur! even longer teeth and much narrower if going by the description
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The biggest problem with that would probably be that Pluridens (5 meters) is nowhere near as big as Mosasaurus (~14 meters), but it could definitely be a cool animal to see
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MerkavaDragunov Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
yeah
seeing that they need a the mosasaur  for the only reason of taking out I.rex since she was too OP plot wise
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freiresousa2 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too much teeth Tooth Tooth 
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Evolution gone wrong
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freiresousa2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O FUK 
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Atlantis536 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny, it's species name is the same as Parasaurolophus: P. walkeri
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lots of dudes called Walker out there
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, didn't know about Halisaurines. Well, I read the name in your cladogram when you posted it, but you get what I mean.
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To be fair, looks into mosasaur subfamilies and what separates them is a pretty specific thing and rarely come up in things other than phylogenetic studies. There are several mosasaur subfamilies, but the halisaurines has struck me as the weirdest with them being relatively poor swimmers and evolving in a variety of different directions.
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TheMaukerko Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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TheMaukerko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome!
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eddie1881 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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SpinoSushi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're so good at coloring!
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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paleosir Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice drawing of an interesting reptile.
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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